Research Project Specialist - 12791BR

Research Project Specialist

Achievement & Assessment Inst
University of Kansas - Lawrence
Employee Class: 
U-Unclassified Professional Staff

Position Overview

ATLAS is seeking a Research Project Specialist to contribute to proposal development and research dissemination efforts across multiple projects. With more than 50 staff, the center serves pK-12 students with disabilities, struggling learners, and teachers through several projects focused on improving student outcomes. The Research Project Specialist will collaborate closely with senior staff to conduct background research, develop proposals for externally funded projects, summarize research findings, and lead special projects. The successful candidate has a proven ability to independently manage multiple tasks and projects with competing priorities and deadlines and write for diverse audiences.

Job Description

40% - Prepare research findings for dissemination to a range of audiences by writing and editing manuscripts, presentations, practitioner-oriented products and website and social media content

30% - Assist with proposal development, including writing and editing narratives, preparing and organizing supplemental materials, creating graphics, conducting research, establishing and monitoring timelines and deliverables, and coordinating staff efforts

15% - Coordinate special projects on behalf of the Director

10% - Assist senior researchers with study recruitment, materials, and logistics

5% - Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree or high school diploma or GED equivalency and three years of relevant experience.
  2. Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, SharePoint, and web conferencing tools.
  3. Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, as evidenced in application materials and interview.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Bachelor’s degree in related field or Master’s degree.
  2. One or more years of experience professionally editing and/or writing reports, including products for academic and non-academic audiences.
  3. Previous experience developing grant proposals.
  4. Previous experience designing and writing content for website.
  5. Knowledge of procedures for searching, reviewing, and synthesizing scholarly literature.
  6. Proven ability to effectively collaborate with internal teams, cross-functional teams, and external partners.
  7. Flexibility and willingness to adapt and respond to changes in work priorities and processes, as evidenced from prior work experience.
  8. Excellent attention to detail in written work as evidenced by application materials.

Additional Candidate Instructions

A complete application includes online application, résumé, a detailed letter matching your professional experiences to the required and preferred qualifications, contact information for four professional references, and a professional writing sample. Only complete applications will be considered.

Review of applications begins September 8, 2018, and continues as needed to collect a pool of qualified applicants. To ensure consideration, apply before the application review date.

Advertised Salary Range

Minimum $35,000; commensurate with experience

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Achievement & Assessment Inst
University of Kansas - Lawrence
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